Introduction: In India at present ISL and I-League is most popular soccer league where as the world's soccer leagues like La Liga, Premier League, Sari-A, Bundeshliga, Lige-1, UEFA Champions league Copa-America etc. also achieved higher popularity in India as well as in Bengal.
Purpose: Present study was design to find out the football coverage of the leading newspapers of the Bengal for the Indian football as well as for the world football.
Methodology: For this purpose the sports coverage on football of the two leading daily news papers (Bengali and English) published in Bengal were considered. Daily Indian football news coverage and world football news coverage of consecutive two months of two newspapers were examined for this purpose. Indian football coverage (IFC) and world football coverage (WFC) were considered as criterion measure in this study. Simple geometric scale was used as tool for this study. Mean and standard deviation were used as descriptive statistics and independent t-test was used to judge the significance of difference between two means. Only 0.05 level of confidence was considered and all statistical calculation was done with standard statistical software (Excell-2010).
Results: Result revealed that mean value for WFC in the news papers was higher (Mn=651.19cm2) than the IFC mean value (Mn=487.52 cm2). The t-value (t=2.37) indicated that the group difference was statistically significant (p<0.05). Study also revealed that the mean value for WFC (774.18cm2) in English news paper was higher than the mean value of WFC in Bengali news paper (507.73cm2). This difference was also found statistically significant (t=2.78) in 0.05 level. But in case of publication of IFC in the English and Bengali news paper no significant difference (t=1.03) was found.
Conclusions: Results revealed that daily news papers in Bengal published significantly higher amount of news coverage on world football (WFC) than the Indian Football (IFC). English news paper cover significantly higher amount of news on world football (WFC) than the Bengali news paper but for the Indian football (IFC) both published same amount of news coverage.